A thrilling vocal presence and commanding musicality have highlighted
coloratura soprano Holly Flack as a versatile talent with a repertoire spanning centuries and styles. Praised as an “explosive talent” with her warm, flowing middle voice, rippling coloratura and effortless trills, she “wields an impressive range, effortlessly reaching higher than high notes” with her stratospheric vocal extension.
Ms. Flack’s operatic engagements include the title role in Semele, Gilda in Rigoletto, Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Ophélie in Hamlet, Morgana in Alcina, Elvira in L'Italiana in Algeri, and the title role in Dinorah (Le Pardon de Ploërmel) for which she received a “Star- Making Performance” award from Mr. Fred Plotkin in his Seventh Annual “Freddie” Awards for Excellence in Opera, stating she, “sang the title role with astonishing fluidity and confidence... as if it was her birthright.”
Internationally, Ms. Flack originated the role of Mollie the horse in the world premiere of Animal Farm by Alexander Raskatov with Dutch National Opera. She made her European debut at the Trentino Music Festival in Mezzano, Italy singing the role of the Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen. She traveled regularly to China with the iSing! Festival for concerts in different cities around the country, and has performed on CCTV and other national networks for China’s National Day Celebration and the Chinese New Year. In 2022, she singularly represented the USA singing in a promotional video for the Beijing Winter Olympics.
In orchestral concert, Ms. Flack has sung soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, and Orff’s Carmina Burana, where she “delighted, flawlessly climbed to the extremes of her register, and continued with effortless coloratura”. In 2019, she performed the highest note ever sung at Lincoln Center, a B-flat above high C6, as a featured soloist in a Golden Night Concert celebrating China’s Mid-Autumn Festival at David Geffen Hall in New York City. In 2021, she surpassed this record singing a B natural above high C6 in the East/West: A Symphonic Celebration concert at David H. Koch Theater.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance from St. Olaf College, and a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Kentucky.
Profile Article by James Bash in Oregon ArtsWatch